Hike Your Own Hike

We’re back!  As much as I love traveling, I have to admit it’s good to be back in my own bed.  Now that we’re back, I only have one thing on the brain.

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Is anyone else as obsessed with the Royal Baby Watch as I am?  I know I’ve admitted a few times that I am a certified Anglophile so you know I’m very excited about the new addition to the royal family.  I was the person who got up at four in the morning to watch Will and Kate get married, and I am now obsessively checking the news and Twitter for any sign that the babe is here.  I ran around like a crazy person all morning trying to get my errands done so I can spend the rest of the day in front of the TV.  I’m personally rooting for a little girl.  What about you guys?

So, obviously, I have a ton of stories to share with you all from our trip.  The next few days will certainly be full of recaps as soon as I wade through all the pictures that we took!  For now, I have a confession to make.

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We didn’t do the entire hike that we had planned.  Originally, we set out to do a 140 mile section of the Colorado Trail.  Of course, you guys know that we had a wrench thrown in our plans even before we left.  When we first started planning our trip months ago, we wanted to do the section of the Colorado that went from Lake City, CO to Durango, CO.  Unfortunately, the fires in that part of the state caused us to alter our plans, and the new route was to take us from Copper Mountain to Salida.

We set out on this route on July 8th, and still had high hopes for the trip before us.  To say things did not go as planned is an understatement.  Several things conspired to cause us to alter our plans once again mid-route.  I promise to tell you guys all about it in the next few days, but for now I thought this unexpected turn of events was a great opportunity to talk about an important subject within the realm of backpacking.

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Backpacking is not immune to the plague that sometimes affects other sports and activities.  There are many backpackers out there who get caught up in the mileage or being able to claim they’ve done this trail or that trail.  All you have to do is check out certain message boards to see the kinds of arguments that ensue.  People quibble over whether or not a person has actually done the entire Pacific Crest Trail if their mileage isn’t exactly the same as someone else’s.  Perhaps it doesn’t really “count” if you did the Appalachian Trail by slack-packing instead of carrying your own load.

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I say all this to make one very important point.  It is so vital to remember when you set out into the backcountry to “hike your own hike.”  John and I decided long ago that we backpack for ourselves.  We do it for the adventure, the fun, and the peace we feel being out there.  We are not out to impress anybody, and, at the end of the day, we just want to make sure we’ve gotten the most out of the experience that we can.

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I have been guilty of worrying about the mileage and the need to prove myself.  In fact, I was more than a little bummed that I was going to have to come back and admit to you all that we didn’t do the whole thing like we had planned.  But then I realized (with a little help from my husband!) that finishing the trip that we had planned wasn’t worth it if we weren’t having fun, and, of course, you all would understand!

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So, although this trip didn’t turn out exactly as planned, we ended up having a great time in spite of it, and I think that is pretty marvelous! I can’t wait to tell you all about it, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the first of my recaps.  In the mean time, I have to get back to the Great Kate Wait!  Have a great day!

Are you addicted to the royal baby watch or could you care less?  When’s the last time your vacation plans didn’t go as expected?

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11 thoughts on “Hike Your Own Hike

  1. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes

    Can’t wait to hear more about the trip. Even though you didn’t do the planned 140 miles, it sounds like you were flexible and rolled with the punches–which is vital, especially when the great outdoors or mother nature is involved. Oh, and Royal Baby Watch. You know I was all over it! It’s my mom’s birthday today too, so she and the little prince share their special day!

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  2. Heidi Nicole

    You are 100% right about the forums – they are a great resource but you have to take everything as a grain of salt.

    Excited to hear about your trip and how it ended up. Most importantly, you made it home!

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  3. Jorie

    Love your phrasing of “hike your own hike.” People will squibble and squabble about ANYTHING on the Internet!

    And I just love Kate Middleton, so I was equally excited for the birth of the royal baby. I’m sad to say I’m a little bummed it was a boy! Hahaha

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